Krishna - A Joyous Celebration of the Divine | Review By : Garavi Gujarat Diwali Annual Publication (London)
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Krishna - A Joyous Celebration of the Divine
Review By : Garavi Gujarat Diwali Annual Publication (London) -
Krishna, the exemplary leader
Aspiring managers will find tactics and strategies used by Lord Krishna relevant even today...

There are many aspects to the worship of Lord Krishna; he is doted upon as the mischievous child, loved as the playful consort and revered for his sermon to Arjuna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra.

Mythology is full of stories and characters with contemporary themes and Lord Krishna is among the deities whose virtues are held up as exemplary even today.

Every tale from his life illustrates various aspects of his character, but the most widely acknowledged one is that of leadership.

When war is declared between the Pandavas and the Kauravas, Krishna could easily have become a commander or advisor. Instead, he chose to be Arjuna's charioteer. As a leader, Krishna thinks long-term and that vision dictates every action of his. After killing his evil uncle Kamsa, Krishna freed the imprisoned king of Mathura, Ugrasena and re-installed him as the ruler. This shows Krishna's ability to step away from the spotlight and focus on the bigger picture - the welfare of his people.

A leader is one who puts aside his personal happiness to secure the long-term future of society and its people. In doing so, he is guided by a strong sense of integrity and righteousness, never vengeance or petty settling of scores.

Lord Krishna is also seen as the jagadguru, or teacher of mankind. With gentle persuasion and subtle tactics, he nudges a disheartened Arjuna into becoming a focused warrior. There are times when it appears that Krishna is too harsh on the Pandava prince, but in fact, the teacher is helping Arjuna rise to his potential. Ultimately, Krishna's aim is to not lecture and sermonise, but encourage introspection, debate and questions so that his 'pupil' passes his 'exam' with flying colours.

Arjuna is encouraged to challenge his beliefs, confront his fears, clear up his confusion and reach a decision that will lead to victory. It is no easy task engaging a student who may be prone to distraction and lethargy, but Krishna revels in this task. He uses appreciation as a means of encouragement; calling Arjuna Mahabhaho (the mightyarmed one); Sabyasachi (the ambidextrous warrior), Jishnu (the invincible) and Gudakesha (the conqueror of sleep or ignorance). Krishna also lays all of his knowledge at Arjuna's disposal, provoking him to use divya drishti, or the insight to observe the world with equanimity and the talent to transform oneself.

When Krishna, the master of yoga resides, And Arjuna, the willing pupil abides, There one will behold, well-being and victory Fortune, righteousness and prosperity.

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